Exceptional Diving Sites: Devil’s Spring System, Florida
If names by the likes of “The Great Blue Hole” and “The Temple of Doom” do not quite give a chill up your spine, what about “The Devils Den”? Attained its name from the early settlers who saw steam rising to the surface from an underwater hole. The warm spring water mixed with the winter air caused the steam to rise, hence the name “Devil's Den”. “Devil's Den” has remained a unique and legendary name ever since.
Privately owned by the Ginnie Springs Outdoors Inc, The Devil’s Spring System houses three springs; Devil's Eye, Devil's Ear and Devil Spring also known as the Little Devil. It also has two entrances into the diving site, one is the Devil’s Eye and the other is the Devil’s Ear. They are both located very near one another.
You do realise by now that almost every part of this site is named after the word ‘devil’, but what you would not expect is that this diving site is far from its namesake. “Children must be 6 years of age or older and be extremely good swimmers as we don't allow any flotation devices”, the official website of this site says. As stated there, children as young as 6 years old are allowed to swim at the Devil’s Den so long as they know how to swim. This makes The Devil’s Den a family-friendly swimming site.
If you are a trained diver seeking for thrills and adventures though, do not turn away your back on the Devil’s Den just yet. Ginnie Springs implements a strict ‘No Lights’ rule here. This is because only certified cavern or cave divers may enter the water at the Devil Spring system while carrying dive lights. This keeps inexperienced divers out of situations where their lack of training, experience, and specialist equipment could get them into difficulty. Hence, the cavern diving is indeed only meant for trained divers. The Devil’s Den cavern measures 37 meters (120 feet) in diameter. The depth of this underground cavern drops down to a maximum depth of 16 meters (54 feet). As you dive, you will be greeted by ancient rock formations with stalactites, fossil beds dating back as old as 33 million years.
As The Devil's Den is famed for the beauty of its rock formations beneath the surface, it's very likely that you'll hit the cave's side as you explore the site. As a result, you may wish to wear a watch that is sturdy and strong enough for such activities. Durability usually comes with a hefty cost. The Twelf-X timepieces, on the other hand, provides a watch that is not only long-lasting but also scratch-resistant, all without having to break the bank. Built with 316 stainless steel case to ensure water resistance to 200 meters and powered by a work horse Japanese automatic movement to ensure reliability in any situation.